Investigation of fire in heavy goods vehicle in the Gudvangen tunnel, in Aurland municipality on the European road 16

Description

In the night of Saturday 30 March 2019, a heavy goods vehicle caught fire during a manually directed convoy in the 11.4 km long Gudvanga tunnel. The fire occurred about 1.5 km from the tunnel opening on the Flåm side, and 32 people had to evacuate the tunnel. 4 people were treated for light smoke-injuries.

The heavy goods vehicle that caught fire consisted of a relatively new truck (2018) and a slightly older cooling trailer (2015) with a separate diesel-powered cooling unit. The fire is the third major vehicle fire in the Gudvanga tunnel in the last six years (2013, 2015 and 2019).

The AIBN has done extensive technical investigations of the wreckage, and gathered relevant information in order to explain the sequence of events. The involved parties has been involved in the investigations. The results will be thoroughly explained in the final report.

The fire occurred during a rehabilitation of the tunnel, and the traffic was managed through convoys, led by a single convoy escort vehicle. The AIBN has focused its investigation on how the fire developed, and what difficulties the road users and workers had during the evacuation.

The investigation of the rescue work, and the evacuation process, will be evaluated in the light of previously investigated tunnel fires, and be a supplement to the knowledge obtained from previous investigations by the AIBN on tunnel-fires, in this and other tunnels.

Photo: AIBN

Status of the investigation

The investigation is in its final phase and has a high priority. The final report will be quality assured before publication.

Latest update: 27.03.2020

Location
Gudvangen tunnel, European Road 16, Sogn og Fjordane county
Occurrence date
30.03.2019
Accident type
Fire in vehicle
Road class
European road
County
Vestland
Police Disctrict
Vest
Vehicle type
Truck and trailer
Type of Transportation
Freight transport
Road region
National road NPRA
Accident category
Ulykke i tunnel
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